I made a lot of sacrifices by leaving Argentina, leaving my family to start a new life. But everything I did, I did for football, to achieve my dream.
Did you know...
- Born Luis Lionel Andrés Messi on 24th June 1987 in Rosario, Argentina
- Argentine football player Lionel Messi captains the Argentina national team and plays for La Liga club FC Barcelona. Barcelona official Carles Rexach was so impressed with Lionel the first time he saw him play that he wanted to sign him on the spot. Unfortunately, there was no paper around, so they used a napkin!
- Nicknamed ‘The Flea’, because he moves so fast with the ball, he is Barcelona’s leading goal-scorer. He’s won numerous awards, including World Soccer Player of The Year four times since 2006, and the Ballon d’Or three times since 2009. In FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2015 he received the Adidas Silver Ball in recognition of his formidable performance.